‘Shop local’ is a more fitting mantra than ever before now that Strabane businesses have begun to reopen after the lockdown brought about by the coronavirus crisis.

Its impact is immeasurable but there’s no doubt that it’s vitally important business owners in the town get support and one of the best ways can be through the InStrabane gift card.

Now going into its third year, they are ideal not only as individual gifts for hard-to-buy-for friends and family, but also as a company scheme, whether for staff incentives, customer loyalty rewards or supplier presents.

They can be used in more than 70 businesses about Strabane, making them suitable for anyone to receive and ensuring money is being reinvested in the local economy.

Frylite has signed up for the third year in a row to purchase gift cards for staff and suppliers

Eamon McCay, Managing Director of Frylite, said: “Making bulk purchases of the Strabane Gift Card is a win-win for everyone. Gift cards are always popular presents and as these will be redeemed in Strabane shops, the local economy will be given a boost too.

“As a bulk purchaser, we make a saving which is a bonus, and we know we’re doing our bit by supporting local jobs and shops. When the money stays in the Strabane area, it’s to the benefit of everybody in both the immediate and long-term.

“We previously handed out the gift cards to staff at Christmas. Our employees work so hard throughout the year, we wanted to find a way to say thank you. The InStrabane gift card was the perfect option for us because it allowed us to accommodate all of our staff while also ensuring we were helping fellow local businesses in Strabane by putting money back into the economy.

“Frylite is committed to the continued growth and success of Strabane, so we’re delighted to continue our involvement with this initiative.”

Corporate purchases can attract a bulk discount, with 3 % discount on £1,000 – £5,000, 4 % discount on £5,001 – £10,000 and 5 % discount on £10,001or more.

The InStrabane Gift Card is easy to use. It looks just like a normal credit or debit card, with a card number, signature strip and InStrabane branding. It’s prepaid in amounts ranging from £5 to £200 so customers avoid using cash which is very much encouraged at this time.

Kevin O’Connor from Derry City and Strabane District Council, said: “It’s brilliant to see Frylite supporting this gift card scheme for another year. The cards are so versatile that they make a perfect option for both the general public and businesses. As well as individual gifts, they can be used by business owners as staff rewards or incentives, or as customer loyalty rewards. Given the wide range of participating outlets, anyone who receives one can be guaranteed they’ll find something special to spend it on.”

For a full list of participating retailers or to purchase an InStrabane gift card online, visit: www.instrabanegiftcard.com or contact the Alley Theatre, Supervalu, Café Fresco or O’Neills Sportswear.